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CB Avalanche Center 2020-21 Observations

Date of Observation: 01/27/2021
Name: Steve Banks

 

Zone: Southeast Mountains
Location: Red Lady Glades
Aspect: South East, South
Elevation: 9,800-12,000

 

Avalanches: Noticed a small fresh looking windslab release from the center of RLB. D1 and maybe a bit older but the crown still looked fresh as compared to this mornings ski tracks. Looks like something significant in 4th bowl of Axtell, though my guess is cornice fall and/or windslab release and not persistent slab.
Weather: Sunny, cool and breezy up high. Snow surface stayed dry despite strong solar. Lots of snow moving near and above treeline. Temps stayed cold as new cloud layer came in after noon.
Snowpack: It’s getting supportive! HS roughly 135 cms as average around the terrain we traveled. More like 90 cms well below treeline. Could feel the old buried crusts in a couple spots, and the pack became quite weak at lower elevations.